You will need to take a special pregnancy test 2 weeks after a medical abortion. This is to confirm that you are no longer pregnant.
Your GP or doctor will give you the special pregnancy test kit to take home after you have a medical abortion. This is called a low sensitivity pregnancy test. It is different to a normal pregnancy test.
It is really important that you do this test 2 weeks after the abortion.
If the abortion doesn’t work, your pregnancy may continue. If the pregnancy goes over 12 weeks, you won't be able to have another abortion, unless it is in exceptional circumstances. This is the law.
If you are still under 12 weeks pregnant, you are able to have further treatment and the doctor will advise you on the best option for you.
The risk of ongoing pregnancy is:
- 2-3 in every 1,000 surgical abortions
- between 9-12 weeks — 2 in every 100 medical abortions
- Under 9 weeks pregnant — 1 to 2 in every 100 medical abortions
You may need to take a low-sensitivity pregnancy test after a surgical abortion, but it is not routine. Your doctor will tell you in the hospital if you will need to take one.